Longevity Noodles (yī miàn, 伊面) or yi mein, symbolize longevity and can always be found on the banquet table at many Chinese weddings. The saying goes: long noodles, long blissful life. Whether it’s a birthday, a new baby, a wedding, or a lunar new year banquet, long life noodles are an important aspect of all these happy celebrations!
The dish is always highly anticipated during these events, when the server starts dishing out steaming bowls of yi mien, braised perfectly in savoury sauce and punctuated with juicy bits of mushroom and Chinese chives. This recipe we have today will replicate that unforgettable flavour, with a special addition of braised crayfish just to make it a bit more special. If you’re pressed for time, you can opt out of the crayfish addition too – trust us, the noodles are great on their own!